Restaurant Review ~ The Oxford Place @theoxfordplace #GlutenFree #Leeds

Restaurant Review ~ The Oxford Place, 2 Oxford Place, Leeds, LS1 3AX

100% Gluten-Free Restaurant

My Rating: 10 out of 10

For anyone who doesn’t know, I’m a Yorkshire lass born and brewed in Leeds but relocated to the Midlands in the 80s. However, even though I’ve lived most of my life in the West Midlands, my heart remains that of a northerner. It also helps that other than my parents and brother ALL our family still live up north.

Visiting relatives is always a special occasion but as I embrace my new gluten-free lifestyle I’ve realised that many of the restaurants and bars we used to visit might not be able to accommodate these changes.

On a recent trip with my parents and daughter, we decided to Google gluten-free restaurants in Leeds city centre and hoped for the best.

First to pop up on the list was The Oxford Place which is an independent family owned 100% gluten-free restaurant at 2 Oxford Place, Leeds, LS1 3AX. Once I’d clicked through to their website and stalked their Facebook and Twitter accounts I was suitably impressed and decided this was the perfect place.

Upon arrival, we were given a warm welcome and seated immediately. The restaurant is small but unique. It’s inviting, comfortable, and quirky all rolled into one. A smattering of fairy lights gives it an almost magical feel. We each received a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate the first anniversary of The Oxford Place which was greatly appreciated.

The thing I found most refreshing was being able to read through the menu and know I could choose anything from it as it was 100% gluten-free. My parents and daughter aren’t gluten-free, but they found the menu selection as exciting as I did.

For starters, my mum had Tempura Battered Vegetables with a Homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce, and I tried the Spinach and Ricotta Pancakes with Arrabbiata Sauce. Both dishes were full of flavour and a great size.

For the main course, my dad and daughter opted for the Hambleton Ale Battered Fillet of Haddock with Hand Cut Chunky Chips and Homemade Tartare Sauce. Mum chose another starter option as her main course and had the Pan Seared Hand Dived King Scallops with Samphire, Tomato and Shallot. With eyes bigger than my belly I decided upon the Slow Braised Lamb Shank, Pomegranate & Braising Juices and Creamy Mash Potatoes.

The food was exceptional. My daughter’s eyes nearly fell out of her head at the size of her fish and chips, but she soldiered on and managed to clear most of her plate. The lamb was beautiful and melted in the mouth and from the ooh’s, and aah’s my mum was making I’m going to assume the scallops were a hit!

In the interest of writing this review we decided to order a couple of puddings (to share) – honestly, it was all about the review!!

My all-time favourite dessert is Bread and Butter Pudding, and so when I spotted this on the menu it made my night. My daughter chose the Vanilla Cheesecake with Fruit Compote. Despite the fact that all four of us were fit to burst we managed to polish off all the puddings.

The Bread and Butter Pudding was the best I’ve ever tasted – EVER!

What a find! I can’t recommend The Oxford Place enough. The food was fantastic, and the service was wonderful, and we were delighted to be able to support an independent family run business.

The menu changes slightly with the season, but they are uploaded to the website so you can check before you dine. The restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday but opens at 12 pm on Wednesday. The opening hours are 12 pm – 9.30pm Wednesday to Saturday and 12 pm – 8 pm on Sunday.

If you want to follow The Oxford Place, you’ll be able to find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or visit their website for more details.

If I could give more than 10 out of 10, I would. We enjoyed a lovely evening with great food and a cosy environment. I would highly recommend The Oxford Place whether you are gluten-free or not.

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25 comments

  • Hi Shelley, 10/10 is a pretty big call, so you must have been very impressed with it all! The restaurant sounds delightful and the food looks amazing! Not sure I’ll ever get to that part of the world but if I was nearby I’d definitely eat there! I like the fact that the menu had something for everyone too and a good selection for you 🙂

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    • Thanks Deb, it had everything you would need for a lovely night out with the added bonus of being gluten-free. Definitely a 10/10! My daughter had a little grumble before we went (I think she was expecting kale smoothies haha) but she was the first one who asked if we could go back next time we went to Leeds!

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  • Hi Shelley, it is unusual for a business to venture down the road of being 100 percent gluten-free. Well done to the owners for stepping out of the standard niche market. I hope they do well. The food did look very scrumptious

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  • It must have been nice to be able to pick anything off of the menu and know it was OK for you to eat. I am not Gluten-free, but do not eat red meat or pork. It’t often difficult to narrow down what I can and cant have on the menu as they may season something with beef broth or fry something in a pork fat.
    Glad you found this place, the pictures look delicious!

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  • I’ve never been here! I should check it out. Looks & sounds yum.

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  • Ok, now I’m lost in nostalgia! Did my degree in Leeds and loved every minute. Whole family is Yorkshire too…except me….born in Lancashire…typical lol. Little wonder I was disowned! Mind you moved to the Midlands when I was three so not too bad in the end.

    Great review of the restaurant though. Pity I’m not still up there as I’d be trying it ASAP now!

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  • What a wonderfully varied menu. It’s great how they showed that being gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to go without things like batter fried items. Everything looked drool-worthy in the pictures.

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  • Oh wow, this looks awesome! I’m gluten free but find it so hard when we go out to eat to find something gluten free and nice! I end up eating things with gluten in them just so I can eat something tasty. I may have to suggest a weekend in Leeds with hubby to try this out 😀

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    • Oh you must! You’ll love it! I know exactly what you mean about not finding anything to eat when going out! It was a delight to know I could eat ANYTHING on the menu – even my bread and butter pudding! 😁

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  • That looks amazing. My niece is Gluten Free and it’s a struggle to find somewhere that isn’t ‘a compromise’. As a Non-Gluten-Free person I’d be happy to wolf down that Fish n Chips and any of those desserts in an instant!.

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  • Oh I love this idea – as a pescatarian I’m used to being able to only choose from a small part of a menu. To be able to pick ANYTHING, that’s a dream! The menu sounds fantastic, isn’t it great when a chancey Google turns out to be a fabulous decision. I’m so glad you had a great feast!

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    • Amen to that, Em!! Thank goodness for Google 😆 Going gluten-free has really opened my eyes to how hard it can be when you leave the house! Any lifestyle that’s a bit different takes serious planning most of the time doesn’t it!

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  • It really does – at least me eating fish and seafood broadens my scope and I can eat at most places, even.if options are limited. I was a complete vegetarian from 2000 to 2005, until I was pregnant with my firstborn, and yes indeed, eating out was pretty difficult. I got a little bit bored of vegetarian lasagne 😂 my almost 3 year old is dairy intolerant, it triggers his eczema and upsets his tummy and to be honest, it’s a learning curve. Probably a blog post in itself to be honest, haha! Anyway I’m waffling – I hope to check out The Oxford Place soon, I love Leeds and I’m definitely due a visit there 💜

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  • Well I know where we’ll be going when we next stay with my brother (he is just outside Oxford) – embracing the gluten free life (plus no onions and garlic from the low FODMAP) isn’t always easy when eating out and I feel I don’t want to make a fuss!! Mind you at the moment I can’t eat anything anyway..bit of gastroparesis post colonoscopy i think….but your pics are making my mouth water!! Gluten free bread & butter pud – wow!! We can compare notes at the Bloggers’ Bash!! C x

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